“Becoming Mike Nichols” to bow at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has added three documentary films to its 2016 program, including Douglas McGrath's Becoming Mike Nichols and David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's Tickled.
December 18, 2015

The Sundance Film Festival has added three documentary films to its program, including Douglas McGrath’s Becoming Mike Nichols and David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Tickled.

Slated to make its world premiere at the festival, Becoming Mike Nichols paints an intimate portrait of the director, producer and improv icon. Filmed in the months leading up to his death, the documentary captures Nichols as he confides in friend and director Jack O’Brien about his storied career, including his comedy collaboration with Elaine May and his acclaimed films Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate.

The HBO-backed documentary will also mark its television debut on February 22 across the U.S. premium cable channel, as well as its digital services HBO Now and HBO Go.

Elaine May’s documentary about Nichols, Mike Nichols: American Masters, will kick off the 30th season of PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’ on January 29.

Elsewhere, Tickled will enjoy its world premiere as part of the world cinema documentary competition at Sundance. The film focuses on a journalist who discovers a mysterious tickling competition.

Meanwhile, Bernard MacMahon’s three-part docuseries American Epic will screen at this year’s festival as part of the special events category. The series of music films examines the pivotal musical recordings of the 1920s that led to the development of the blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun and folk genres, and features live performances from such contemporary artists as The Avett Brothers.

The series was produced by PBS and BBC Arena, with executive producers Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford.

This year’s program – which runs January 21 to 31 – is comprised of 123 feature-length films and includes projects from 49 first-time directors. The films were selected from 12,793 submissions from across the narrative, animation and documentary spaces. Selected films will screen in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah.

The festival’s full lineup can be viewed through the Digital Program Guide.

(Photo courtesy of the New York Times)

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